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  • #222504

    I accessed am ASDA online shopping page. OK, it seemed all legit. But there were a few red flags:

    1. The word “received” was mis-spelt with “recieved”. That may seem trival, but a major supermarket mis-spelling such an easy word to write sounds dodgy to me.
    2. Also, they had a WorldPay box that I re-typed my card details in and it said “there was trouble with your payment: please re-type.” I foolishly did this 3 times before becoming suspicious.
    3. The amount was $27 for an ASDA gift card.
    4. The box next said “transaction pending”
    5. I logged onto the website again, using Google and tried logging in. The server did not recognise my email address. And I am very, very careful when typing out an email. The real deal – the second ASDA I tried logging into simply stated I was not registered with them.
    6. I checked my Internet banking and that did not register a transaction either.

    Do I have to worry? Is it possible these scammers have gotten my details and could scam me further? I am very worried and feel really dumb. I thought it was the genuine ASDA website. Have I been fooled?

    #222519

    How did you access it?  Through an email link?  Through a typo in the address?  (There is such a thing as typosquatting.)  Your browser’s history should provide some clue.  If it is, indeed a fake site, then you probably need to put some sort of fraud alert on your card.  You also need to be very mindful of future emails.  If they have your email address, they can send you more spam and/or fraudulent links.

    #222545

    These sort of things often happen with genuine sites so may not be a scam but you do need to investigate.

    Many people accidently spell ‘received’ wrong so that is not so much an issue. I often have to recite the verse ‘I before e except after c’ but there are exceptions which confuse things.

    A point to note is that a card transaction may not show straight away on your card. I often check if I am unsure as my card was hacked a few years ago (or more correctly I think a site I bought from was hacked). It does take a day or so.

    On a number of occasions I have been on genuine sites which are not really setup well (even major concerns) or my computer is behaving badly. More than once I have just shutdown mid transaction, re-started everything and found things worked perfectly the second time.

    The final point I would note is that, due to the new lockdown measures, I think far more people are accesing suppliers online again so their resouces and online traffic capacity may be somewhat pushed.

    #222580

    I have re-registered with ASDA and changed my password. This means ASDA are now aware of my account with them and will spot unusual activity, if that situation arises.

    Thank you all for your advice: it has helped. I don’t agree about spelling “received” wrong, though: and I don’t mean that nastily, SpinningJen. I do think a major brand and supermarket like ASDA would simply never allow such an error to be made on a major website. It doesn’t make sense. The writer would’ve been checked by the website designers and all that gubbins. No: I see a red flag every time I see such an obvious error.

    Anyhow, there has been no activity in my bank account. My bank is strict with their rules and security. I can’t say whom I bank with, but I will say they are one of the best.

    #222587

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    Thank you all for your advice: it has helped. I don’t agree about spelling “received” wrong, though: and I don’t mean that nastily, SpinningJen. I do think a major brand and supermarket like ASDA would simply never allow such an error to be made on a major website. It doesn’t make sense. The writer would’ve been checked by the website designers and all that gubbins. No: I see a red flag every time I see such an obvious error.

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    I know what you mean Kitty and you are right but I see this particular one so often. You are totally justified though in that one of the best ways to spot a scam coming from foreign places (for instance) is that the English spelling and grammar are poor. I do find though that I myself do tend to get a bit dyslexic at times and often post online without noticing until later. In that way a single mistake of that nature would flag my attention for investigation but not automatically condem the site. Some of the others that are seen are far more obvious as major errors. Those in grammar for instance.

    #223173

    On a tangent: how important is your English to you? I may have posted a similar subject before, but perhaps you’d all like to share your personal take on it?

    For me, getting my English correct is very important. I don’t just mean by using Grammarly, but by typing and speaking the correct English myself, without the aid of a computer. It is like with my mathematics: I like to be able to do numbers without the aid of a calculator, so I don’t always have to rely on one. Calculators are vital BUT being able to construct numbers and count and compartmentalize in general is incredibly important. With words, knowing the right grammar, the right spellings, etc, impresses people and makes them realize you’re competent. Say, in a job interview. For instance, if I walked into a job interview with a scribbled CV and had not taken the time to type it out neatly, I would be instantly dismissed as a candidate. Employers are impressed by the correct English: both spoken AND written. If the person doesn’t get that right, they’ve only got themselves to blame.

    Over to you, guys.

    #223186

    I try with my English but, as I said, do get a bit dyslexic at times. I am into very old fashioned useage too so sometimes my English can look a little strange to modern tastes. I do also confuse this and get mixed up  🙂 . In my way though I do think correct English useage and spelling important. It is probably my puncutation that is really out at times though, as you may have noticed Kitty. I don’t know if you have heard the rule ‘punctuate correctly or else leave all the commas out’ but I don’t tend to follow it and try with mixed results.

    #223194

    I am dyslexic and so the grammer Nazis can be a bore but I also have a very old fashioned syntax this is because my English basically stopped evolving 30 years ago. I can also get carried away in the flurry of typing and I notice that I quite often write the Dutch of instead of the English or..

    With the whole CV thing Im sorry but I have turned out perfect CV’s on lovely headed notepaper and in one case I was invited for an interview because the man admitted he wanted to see who sent such a lovely letter. I didnt get the job though, that went to a 16 year old who was paid only half what I would have cost..These days employers will hire a half trained baboon as long as they are cheap and quick.

    • This reply was modified 11 months, 3 weeks ago by cassandra.
    #223198

    Anyone interested in language.

    There is a programme on BBC2 this evening from 7 until 7:30 p.m. English time. *Mary Beard examining our rapidly changing language what is it and why do we fight about it*

     

    Sounds interesting 👍

    #223216

    I try to be as kind to my friends online about their grammar and punctuation as I would in person about the way they speak. I would get tougher if asked to proofread someone’s writing, though. That can be handy if an author lets you read a book ahead of time and asks to know where typos are – I can pick them out easily because they “jump out” at me!

    #223244

    [quote quote=223198]

    There is a programme on BBC2 this evening from 7 until 7:30 p.m. English time. *Mary Beard examining our rapidly changing language what is it and why do we fight about it*

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    I missed it but checked on iplayer. The series is called “Inside Culture with Mary Beard” Thank you Cassandra 🙂

    #223347

    Cassandra has accidentally introduced Rebecca to a whole new area of YouTube… history documentaries (and other videos) with Mary Beard! 😀

    #223379

    I had one from amazon.

     

    your order will be sent to no address listed, no order details, and no estimated delivery date.

     

    pretty poor attempt at a spam message if you ask me.

    #223384

    Oh how many times… DHL or DPD or UPS… we have a package for you that could not be delivered please contact us… Its has a link to follow but if you hover over the supposed senders email adress its one of those   rubbish DHLripyouoffforcashs@ ……com type of things.

    #228793

    I am glad to be aware of cybercrime*.

    *See my cybercrime thread for all my views.

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